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ERIC Number: EJ1024761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Examining Foundations of Qualitative Research: A Review of Social Work Dissertations, 2008-2010
Gringeri, Christina; Barusch, Amanda; Cambron, Christopher
Journal of Social Work Education, v49 n4 p760-773 2013
This study examined the treatment of epistemology and methodological rigor in qualitative social work dissertations. Template-based review was conducted on a random sample of 75 dissertations completed between 2008 and 2010. For each dissertation, we noted the presence or absence of four markers of epistemology: theory, paradigm, reflexivity, and power. We also examined methods choices and the strategies used for ensuring rigor. Results suggested that most (96%) doctoral students completing qualitative dissertations address theory, but fewer refer to reflexivity (45%), paradigm (13%), or power dynamics (8%). Students typically used multiple strategies for ensuring rigor. Grounded theory and phenomenology were the most popular methods choices, followed by case studies, ethnography, or narrative methods. Implications for doctoral education are offered.
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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